From the Editor
Spend time in the bush and you understand that it is in a constant state of flux. Seasons ebb and flow, native grasses green and bloom then turn brown and dry to feed fires that again start the circle of life. Water is precious and at times scarce, or too abundant.
This constant change requires us to adapt to the circumstances; we can never assume things will be as they were the last time we went bush. The flora and fauna we enjoy has become adept at adaptation; it is the only way to survive.
A similar state of flux exists in politics and bureaucracy.
The landscape is always changing as the power shifts, different personality types are elected and differing views or new ideas take root.
As a cohort, hunters have a wealth of practical, on-the-ground experience and a solid view of their rights and the place of hunting in the traditional landscape. However, the sands constantly shift around that rock-solid pillar of belief.
We may not like change, or agree with it, but change will always be a constant and we must either win the argument or adapt to the new reality.
Coping with the change culture requires enormous effort and resources and at times, it can be overwhelming.
For Field & Game Australia, the issues are not just about season setting but equally complex issues including water, habitat management, land access, biodiversity, pest animals, firearm regulation and enforcement.
At the same time, we have to meet the challenge of promoting scientific research to generate the facts and data crucial to decision making, maintaining a strong hunting culture, and recruiting new entrants to shotgunning, whether it is clay target, hunting or pest control.
Healthy numbers and a strong culture are important.
We will always have to defend ourselves against the minority of animal rights activists and you only have to look at recent media coverage of logical and humane kangaroo culls close to Melbourne to understand how illogical those battles can be.
Protesters invaded and stopped a properly researched and approved cull of kangaroos trapped within the boundary fence of the Epping Wholesale Fruit & Vegetable market.
This minority wanted to save them by translocation, a method that science shows usually leads to death anyway.
Happy to ignore science and logic, the protesters have trotted off to the Supreme Court to waste time and money while the kangaroos continue to suffer in their confinement.
Their argument is built on emotion and “slaughter” is the emotive term used rather than “culling” and it is concerning that in some media coverage the language adopted by the journalist has been just as biased.
The lesson is that while science is a solid foundation for public policy, the activists will happily ignore it or try to debunk science to reach their philosophical aim.
We have to persist with science and continue to promote reasoned and rational decision-making through this magazine and other FGA publications.
Enjoy the November edition, again fashionably and deliberately delayed to give the 2017 National Carnival and FGA’S clay target champions the kudos they deserve.